Different offenses can result in different types of criminal charges. This can be particularly confusing for a New York resident who has not had the need to understand the rules of driving beyond testing to get their driver's license. For example, different speeding offenses may be charged differently, depending upon the alleged actions of the driver.
If a driver is pulled over for allegedly breaking the law by speeding eight miles over the speed limit, they likely would not be arrested on a misdemeanor or felony offense. Instead, they would be issued a speeding ticket for a traffic infraction and would later have the opportunity to either pay their fine or appear and contest their alleged infraction.
If, however, the driver was stopped for speeding 30 miles over the speed limit and in a school zone, their charges may be more significant. Even though they were still just speeding, the nature of their conduct may elevate their infraction to a charge of reckless driving, which could be treated as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors have the potential to stay on individuals' criminal records and carry with them more serious punishments than ticket fines.
When a person is issued a ticket or arrested for speeding, it is important that they understand the full ramifications of the charges. They can choose to seek the counsel of an attorney to get the best possible information about their legal situation. With the help of their attorney, they may then be able to develop a strong strategy to overcome the challenges.